Schemes of Work

Twice each term, Drama & Theatre publishes six online schemes of work written by experienced teachers and examiners, which are available exclusively to our Full Membership, Digital Membership and Schemes of Work subscribers. They cover Key Stages 2-5 across a variety of exam boards and specifications, providing indispensable content for your classroom teaching.

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Ghosts and time travel by the light of the moon: A look at Helen Cresswell's Moondial through drama

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Helen Cresswell’s Moondial has become something of a children’s classic, having been released both as a book and a TV drama in the 1980s. It is remarkable in that it is at once a book about time...

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Danny the Champion of the World

KS 3

Author: Alicia Pope

This scheme of work is based on the play script of Danny the Champion of the World adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl’s novel. The play is divided into nine mini-plays that can be stand-alone...

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The Vikings are coming!: Using Julia Jarman's The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror to explore the past imaginatively

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Julia Jarman’s Time-Travelling Cat books offer a unique way for young people to access history, as they follow heroes Topher and Ka both in modern times and as they travel to other eras. The...

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The Night Bus by Anthony Horowitz

KS 3

Author: Karen Hart

Introduction This scheme of work looks at the themes of being lost, being missing, of feelings of concern and worry, and builds these themes into a performance of the short story The Night Bus by...

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From Winter to Spring: A look at The Selfish Giant through drama

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Oscar Wilde’s short story provides plenty of room for exploration through drama, in a bite-sized package. A highly accessible literary classic, it is both entertaining and thought provoking. This...

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Tony Bradman's Anglo-Saxon Boy: Using the book to bring 1066 to life through Drama

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Tony Bradman takes young readers straight to the heart of Anglo-Saxon Britain, blending historical fact with intriguing fiction to depict the months building up to the Norman invasion. Dramatic,...

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Horrible Histories

KS 3

Author: Alicia Pope

Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories markets itself as ‘history with the gory bits left in’ and it doesn’t disappoint. The irreverent collection of books and the TV series, along with various stage shows...

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Blodin the Beast!

KS 3

Author: Geoff Smith

This scheme of work takes students on a learning journey that aims to challenge, support and reinforce their writing and creativity at KS3. It explores the story of Blodin the Beast by Michael...

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Stig of the Dump: Using the book as a resource to teach the Stone Age to the Iron Age through Drama

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Clive King's Stig of the Dump is now more than 50 years old, and yet it remains a children's classic. Following the adventures of Barney and Stig, a Stone Age man who lives in a quarry, the book is...

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How Ruskin becomes a hero: A look at Philip Ridley's Krindlekrax through Drama

KS 2

Author: Helen Day

Krindlekrax, Philip Ridley's touching tale of adventure, imagination, believing in and standing up for yourself, is hugely popular with KS2 students. It is an ideal starting text from which to explore...

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